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Regional Focus, Regional Support


Taney County Emergency Management Assistant Melissa Duckworth was recently recognized for her support and coordination of EMPG partners participating in the State’s Capstone Exercise.  Melissa was presented a THANK YOU card signed by Region D Emergency Managers and a gift card to one of her favorites – Starbucks!  Presenting the Thank You package to Melissa was WTCFPD Fire Chief and Taney County Emergency Manager Chris Berndt and Branson’s Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director Ted Martin who also serves as the SMESO President.  THANKS MELISSA!



SMESO Officers
President – Ted Martin, Branson EMD
Vice- President –
Secretary – Steve Runnels, National Weather Service
Treasurer – John Elmore

Citizen Corps Program Resources


2015 SMESO/Area D Coordinator Meetings:
1st Quarter January 7, 2015
2nd Quarter April 8, 2015
3rd Quarter July 8, 2015
4th Quarter October 7, 2015

SMESO Vision:
“To provide focused networking, training, mentoring, and regional response
coordination to all members, supported by goals and objectives.”

SMESO Mission:
“Build multidiscipline relationships and resources that achieve member needs as
they relate to mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery goals throughout
Region D.”



  Networking with other emergency management directors and emergency personnel in southwest Missouri through SMESO is invaluable. When you have a disaster in you county, you know who in the region has a particular expertise and who you can call on for assistance."
Phil Amtower Christian County EMD

"SMESO offers many advantages to it's members.
As a local EMD, I would have to say that one in particular - networking - stands out. Meeting face-to-face with leaders from various emergency services, spending time together working on common issues, developing a list of contacts - all of these are great help in the event of a disater."
Keith Stammer Joplin/Jasper County EMD







SMESO serves 18 southwest Missouri counties
in the Missouri Highway Patrolís Region D              coverage area.

In addition, SMESO coordinates
efforts as necessary with emergency services          personnel in the three bordering states of 
Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.



Please check http://training.dps.mo.gov for the 2013 training schedule.





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